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Sacramento Children’s Choir in concert

By Mareva Brown 

(Posted by David Watts Barton)

Continuing a holiday tradition that began in 15 years ago with the work of a master’s student in music, the Sacramento Children’s Choir performed its 2008 winter concert with a harmony of sweet voices at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.

The Choir was begun in 1993 when director Lynn Stevens had idea to start a premiere children’s chorus that would draw singers from the greater Sacramento area. It started with 40 singers as a part of her master’s program at California State University, Sacramento.

Today, there are about 160 singers in four separate choirs ranging in age from 7 to 18. Children are placed in their choirs after auditioning. As young singers progress, their performance opportunities also grow. In addition to Saturday’s performance at the Cathedral, the choirs performed Sunday at the Carmichael Seventh Day Adventist Church.

This summer, the two senior choirs – the Cantoris and the Chorale and Choraliers – sang throughout Norway and Sweden. It was not their first international performance. In 2006, they were chosen to compete at the International Choral Kathaumixw, in British Columbia; in 2004, the Sacramento Children’s Choir sang in Prague and Budapest.

Additionally, the children have participate in the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival in 2007, at Carnegie Hall in 2005 and also hat year, they were chosen to perform at the prestigious national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2009, children in the choir will perform at “Sing A Mile High,” in Denver.

Earlier this month, the Cantoris, comprised primarily of junior and senior high school students, performed on the floor of the state Senate during the swearing in of 13 new Senators.

Typically the choirs perform separately, but at the Choir’s annual winter and spring concerts, all four choirs sing together. The spring concerts are May 2 and 3, 2009.


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